Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014-15 NBA Predictions

Superstars rule the NBA, and championships are won with multiple superstars, so, it would only be fitting that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to win the 2015 NBA Championship

It's a sign of the times. Superstar player joins team, then attracts other superstar players to join forces. There's not much parity in the NBA when it comes to legitimate championship contenders. And I expect teams like the Cavaliers to prove that once again this year.

In their case, LeBron James decided to break his bond with the Miami Heat and return home to Cleveland. As a result, Kevin Love's trade demands, combined with the intrigue of playing with James, also led him to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are just one of a handful of teams that I feel have a legitimate shot to win it all this season. Also on the radar (according to Vegas) are the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.

The Indiana Pacers won't be able to keep up without Paul George for the entire season. And to be completely honest, the more I think about it, I'm not even sure I feel too comfortable calling the Thunder a "legitimate" contender this year. Sure, Kevin Durant is expected to only miss the first two months of the regular season after having foot surgery last week. But he's already telling the media that he's "not going to rush" his return to the lineup.

When you take into account that Durant just turned 26 and is up for a new contract after next season, just how long does "not rushing" mean? And listen, I wouldn't blame him if he missed more than two months in order to look out for himself. Do what you have to do, big dog. I'm just pointing out that the two-month timetable seems somewhat unrealistic, based on the factors I previously mentioned.

Speaking of questionable timetables, it would seem that Derrick Rose is past his injury issues, at least for now. Rose has missed the last two seasons with serious knee injuries. But his renewed explosiveness, along with the addition of Pau Gasol, could possibly give the Chicago Bulls the juice they need to finally live up to the hype that's been hanging over their heads in recent years.

You want a couple sleepers, outside my handful of "contenders?" I'm waiting for the Golden State Warriors to make a serious playoff run with the type of shooting they have in their backcourt. I would assume that as this season goes on, the Warriors will be happy they didn't trade Klay Thompson in the offseason.

Also on my sleeper list this year is the Houston Rockets. I'm one of the biggest Dwight Howard haters out there, but I have a feeling that Houston is somehow going to land Rajon Rondo during the season, if Rondo is traded during the final year of his current contract.

If that happens, Rondo gives the Rockets the type of distributor and floor general that can allow to James Harden to focus strictly on scoring and defense.

After all, championships are won with multiple superstar players. If Houston can land someone like Rondo, I wouldn't be shocked if they made a crazy playoff run.

But would they have enough to win it all?

Here are my 2014-15 NBA predictions:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:
Atlantic Division: Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks
Central Division: Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls,
Southeast Division: Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets

WESTERN CONFERENCE:
Northwest Division: Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder
Pacific Division: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers
Southwest Division: San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks


NBA PLAYOFFS:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers over (8) New York Knicks
(4) Chicago Bulls over (5) Washington Wizards
(6) Charlotte Hornets over (3) Brooklyn Nets
(2) Miami Heat over (7) Toronto Raptors

Western Conference Quarterfinals:
(1) San Antonio Spurs over (8) Dallas Mavericks
(4) Houston Rockets over (5) Oklahoma City Thunder
(3) Golden State Warriors over (6) Los Angeles Clippers
(2) Portland Trail Blazers over (7) Los Angeles Lakers


Eastern Conference Semifinals:
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers over (4) Chicago Bulls
(6) Charlotte Hornets over (2) Miami Heat

Western Conference Semifinals:
(4) Houston Rockets over (1) San Antonio Spurs
(3) Golden State Warriors over (2) Portland Trail Blazers


Eastern Conference Final:
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers over (6) Charlotte Hornets

Western Conference Final:
(4) Houston Rockets over (3) Golden State Warriors


NBA FINALS:
Cleveland Cavaliers over Houston Rockets

Monday, October 06, 2014

2014-15 NHL Predictions

In the last five years, only three teams have won the Stanley Cup: he Los Angeles Kings won two, the Chicago Blackhawks won two, and the Boston Bruins won the other

There's nothing new that tells me those three teams won't once again be contenders to hoist the Cup next summer. But if I had to put my money on it, I wouldn't bet the Kings to repeat as champs. Fo no reason other than the fact that the Stanley Cup is the toughest trophy to win, in any sport, never mind repeat.

We saw that first-hand, after the Bruins won the Cup in 2011. The Cup hangover is real. there's no denying that. As a reporter at the time for Comcast Sportsnet New England, I can recall Shawn Thornton telling me that the following season, in 2011-12, felt like an extension of the championship 2010-11 season.

"It felt like a baseball season," said Thornton.

Baseball plays 162 games. In the NHL, there are 82. The year after the Bruins won the Cup, they lost to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, in seven games.

Long story short, they just ran out of gas.

As to what point the Kings will run out of gas this season, remains to be seen. But after winning the Cup last year -- their second in three years -- I expect them to be watching someone else hoist la Coupe when it's all said and done.

If the trend of the last five years continues, one would have to consider the Blackhawks and Bruins as favorites to win it all again. In the days leading into the beginning of the regular season, the Blackhawks were the overall favorites, at 13/2. After that was the Anaheim Ducks at 10/1, the Bruins at 10/1, the Kings at 10/1, and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 12/1.

And that would be the moment when you remember the Penguins still exist, and that Sidney Crosby is the reigning league MVP. If there's any team entering this season that would be capable of crashing the Stanley Cup party, it would be the team with the best player in the world.

But will they?

Here are my 2014-15 NHL Predictions:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:
Atlantic Division: Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins
Metropolitan Division: Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets
Wild Card: Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers

WESTERN CONFERENCE:
Central Division: Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche
Pacific Division: Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks
Wild Card: Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals:
(1) Montreal Canadiens over (4) Toronto Maple Leafs
(3) Boston Bruins over (2) Detroit Red Wings

(1) Pittsburgh Penguins over (4) New York Rangers
(2) Washington Capitals over (3) Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference Quarterfinals:
(1) Chicago Blackhawks over (4) San Jose Sharks
(3) Colorado Avalanche over (2) St. Louis Blues

(1) Los Angeles Kings over (4) Phoenix Coyotes
(2) Anaheim Ducks over (3) Vancouver Canucks


Eastern Conference Semifinals:
(3) Boston Bruins over (1) Montreal Canadiens
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins over (2) Washington Capitals

Western Conference Semifinals:
(3) Colorado Avalanche over (1) Chicago Blackhawks
(2) Anaheim Ducks over (1) Los Angeles Kings


Eastern Conference Final:
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins over (3) Boston Bruins

Western Conference Final:
(3) Colorado Avalanche over (2) Anaheim Ducks


Stanley Cup Final:
Pittsburgh Penguins over Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Look out for those A's

Jon Lester and the Oakland Athletics will be the most dangerous team in the postseason, if they can get by the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday night's Wild Card game

The regular season is in the books. Now that we know who's in and who's out, here are my 2014 MLB Postseason predictions:

AL WILD CARD:
--Oakland Athletics over Kansas City Royals
Had I known the A's would trade for both Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester this season, I would have most certainly put them into the postseason mix in my preseason predictions. Lester goes for Oakland in the "play-in" game. Since being traded from Boston, Lester's posted a 2.35 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. And we know he's a big-game pitcher. But he'll go up against another big-game pitcher in James Shields. In fact, that's his freakin' nickname, "Big Game" James Shields. It should also be mentioned that both Lester and Shields will be free agents this offseason. So, expect a pitcher's duel. I'll put my money on the A's though. Shields enters the game with a 4.98 postseason ERA, while Lester has a 2.11 ERA in 13 postseason appearances. And oh yeah, Lester has been downright dominant against the Royals, as he's 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA against them. That includes his 3-0 record with a 2.61 ERA against Kansas City this year. I can't possibly bet against that. And with Oakland's absolutely stacked rotation, they'll have one message for the rest of the league: "Don't let us win the Wild Card game."

NL WILD CARD:
--San Francisco Giants over Pittsburgh Pirates
A lot has been made of the Pirates attempting to win the division by throwing Gerrit Cole in the team's final regular-season game. Pittsburgh needed more than just a win to challenge the Cardinals for the NL Central. But it didn't matter, because they lost to the Reds. And while Cole got the no-decision, some say the Pirates wasted his services. So instead, they'll go with Edinson Volquez, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Volquez enters the game hot as a pistol. He finished the regular season with a 1.78 ERA in his final 12 starts. On the other side though is lefty Madison Bumgarner. He's 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA. He was my preseason pick to win the NL Cy Young, and while he won't beat out Clayton Kershaw for that award, Bumgarner is someone you shouldn't bet against, even on the road, where he is 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 road starts this year.


ALDS:
--Detroit Tigers over Baltimore Orioles
How about those Orioles? In my preseason predictions, I said, "A rock-solid Baltimore Orioles club will wish they were in a different division." So I did give them credit. I just didn't see them winning 96 games. And sure, Nelson Cruz' 40 home runs are nice. But if Baltimore wants to do damage in the postseason, they'll need some dominant pitching. And it's not that I don't think the Orioles' rotation can be dominant, it's just that I've seen the Tigers' rotation actually do it in the playoffs. Detroit would like to see their top-dog starters pick up their game when it matters most, and I think they will. I feel like nobody is talking about Detroit. Perhaps that will help them. And oh yeah, David Price is pitching for a new contract.

--Oakland Athletics over Los Angeles Angels
The Angels finished with the most wins in the majors, with 98, but they saw one of their best pitchers go down with a terrible knee injury in late August. Garrett Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA before he tore his left patellar tendon. That will turn out to be a tough loss in a series against the most stacked rotation in baseball. Sonny Gray had his coming out party in last year's playoffs. And now, he's joined by a rejuvenated Scott Kazmir, Lester, and Samardzija. I'm a firm believer that dominant starting rotations win championships, even if Mike Trout is on the other side. If Kansas City somehow beats Oakland in the Wild Card game, then obviously the Angels will advance to the ALCS, but I don't see that happening. I expect the A's to make some serious noise.

NLDS:
--Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Cardinals
If I felt comfortable about Michael Wacha's shoulder, I would be sticking to my guns and would have them still advancing to the World Series. But as good as Adam Wainwright is, and as much as I respect John Lackey as a big-game pitcher, they'll need Wacha to be the stud he's supposed to be. And with shoulder problems this season, I don't feel comfortable sticking with them, especially against Kershaw and the Dodgers. Kershaw is simply on another planet this year. I have to go with LA.

--Washington Nationals over San Francisco Giants
After Bumgarner, I'm not sure how much I trust the Giants' rotation. On top of that, I feel strongly about Stephen Strasburg having his postseason coming out party. That Nationals also have Doug Fister, who finished the regular season 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA that ranked fourth-best in the National League. Fister has a 2.98 postseason ERA in seven postseason starts, all with the Detroit Tigers. I'm going with the Nats.


ALCS:
--Oakland Athletics over Detroit Tigers
In a rematch from last year's ALDS, the A's will get their revenge, thanks to jacked up rotation. I realize that all of this success I predict for Oakland relies on the fact that they win the Wild Card game, but if they do, I believe their top-four starters will dazzle all the way through to the World Series.

NLCS:
--Los Angeles Dodgers over Washington Nationals
Again, kind of tough for anyone to bet against Clayton Kershaw at this point. This one will go seven games, but I expect the Dodgers to have Kershaw in Games 3 and 7. Kershaw was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA against the Nats this year. Take it to the bank. Dodgers in 7.


WORLD SERIES:
--Oakland Athletics over Los Angeles Dodgers
Let's just say that the Royals end up beating the A's in the Wild Card game. If that happens, I would choose the Dodgers to beat anyone else in the American League. But, I think Oakland will get past Kansas City, and then will use their dominant rotation to power through to the Fall Classic. And it's there that they'll continue to prove my theory true: dominant pitching wins championships. Oakland in 6. Sonny Gray the MVP.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

2014 NFL Predictions

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks certainly have enough talent to repeat as Super Bowl champions, however, there will certainly be a few hungry teams in their way

The 2014 NFL season promises to provide plenty of interesting storylines. Heck, even in the preseason, we already have plenty of noise throughout the league that's kept football atop the headlines, even as baseball's playoff races begin to heat up.

But let's get something out of the way right now. Here in New England, we're spoiled. We know that our team will once again be a contender for the Lombardi Trophy. We know this because Tom Brady is the quarterback, because Bill Belichick is the coach, and because Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL.

It's a league in which winners are built on star quarterbacks and shutdown defensive backs. I know what you're thinking after reading that statement: "But the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl last year with Russell Wilson as their QB."

Perhaps you don't consider WIlson a star quarterback like I do. That's fine. We disagree on that then. But nobody can disagree with the fact that the Seahawks had the most physical secondary in the league.

And the defending Super Bowl champs will most certainly have a chance to repeat this year. But to play spoiler with you for a minute, I'm not going to put my money on that to happen.

Here are my official 2014 NFL Predictions:

DIVISION WINNERS

AFC EAST: New England Patriots
-I actually think the Miami Dolphins should be taken seriously this year. But at the same time, the Pats will win 12 games again. Ultimately, the Dolphins' 10 wins won't be enough to overcome the kings of the AFC East. Expect the Patriots to be dominant on both sides of the ball. Brady is playing with a little extra motivation this year. Might as well give him the regular-season MVP trophy now.

AFC NORTH: Baltimore Ravens
-My reasoning for this pick will be controversial, mainly because every time we see Ray Rice run the football, we'll be reminded of the fact that he knocked out his girlfriend in an elevator and is only facing a two-game suspension for it. Well, as brutal as that is, when Rice returns, expect him to bounce back from his worst pro season -- as an established NFL running back -- in 2013. Rice is only 27. Last year he ran for 660 yards in 15 games, marking the first time he didn't rush for 1,000 yards since his rookie season in 2008. fantasy football know-it-alls can study their draft rankings all they want, but when Rice returns from his suspension, he's still young enough and talented enough to help the Ravens get back to the playoffs.

AFC SOUTH: Indianapolis Colts
-Andrew Luck got a taste of the postseason last year, but unfortunately for him, he ran into the Patriots in the Divisional Round. The Colts should win the division again, and it might only take 10 wins to do so. The Houston Texans will improve on their 2-14 record in 2013, but even after trading for Ryan Mallett, they still won't have a good enough passing attack to grab a Wild Card spot. Expect the Luck-to-Reggie-Wayne connection to steal the AFC South's headlines all year.

AFC WEST: Denver Broncos
-It won't be a walk in the park, but do you really expect the Broncos to not win the division? Kansas City had 11 wins last year, and I think the Chiefs are good for at least 10 wins this season. And San Diego seems to always find itself in the Wild Card hunt. This division had three playoff teams in 2013. That could very well be the case once again in 2014. But there's no way that either of those two teams will knock off the Broncos.

AFC WILD CARD:
-Kansas City Chiefs
-Cincinnati Bengals


NFC EAST: New York Giants
-This would be the moment in which I pick the G-Men to bounce back from their 7-9 record last season. It's funny, all that talk about Eli Manning being "elite" not too long ago, and here we are with a New York Giants team that's missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Of course, that comes after they won a Super Bowl three years ago, but still. The Eagles won 10 games last year, and he obsession with Chip Kelly's offense will make them the popular pick to once again win the East. But I do think Eli is much better than the 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions that he threw last season. At least, I expect him to be good enough to get the Giants back to the top of the division this year.

NFC NORTH: Green Bay Packers
-It's kind of crazy to think that the Packers won the division last year with only eight wins. An injured Aaron Rodgers missed most of the second half, but returned for the last regular season game and the playoffs. If Rodgers can stay healthy for the entire season, the Packers will be one of the best teams in the NFC, if not the entire NFL.

NFC SOUTH: New Orleans Saints
-Had Cam Newton not suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs during the preseason, my pick here would be the Carolina Panthers. But if I can't put my money on Newton's health now, I can't put my money on the Panthers. So I'll go with the Saints, who lost to the Seahawks in the Divisional ROund last year. Brees has thrown for 5,000 yards his last three seasons, and I don't expect him to fall off in 2014. Expect New Orleans to make some serious noise.

NFC WEST: Seattle Seahawks
-As long as Seattle remains the toughest place to play in professional sports, then the Seahawks are my pick here. And remember how I feel about Russell Wilson. I believe he's one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. The kid is only 25 years old, and entering his third season, he's only getting better. Strong arm, accurate when throwing on the run, and as smart as they come, Wilson is the real deal, even if your fantasy football draft guide doesn't say so. The San Francisco 49ers obviously get a serious look here, but at the end of the day, I don't see the Seahawks taking a step back in the 2014 regular season.

NFC WILD CARD:
-San Francisco 49ers
-Atlanta Falcons 


NFL PLAYOFFS

AFC WILD CARD ROUND:
-Indianapolis Colts over Cincinnati Bengals
-Baltimore Ravens over Kansas City Chiefs

NFC WILD CARD ROUND:
-New Orleans Saints over Atlanta Falcons
-San Francisco 49ers over New York Giants


AFC DIVISIONAL ROUND:
-New England Patriots over Baltimore Ravens
-Denver Broncos over Indianapolis Colts

NFC DIVISIONAL ROUND:
-Green Bay Packers over San Francisco 49ers
-Seattle Seahawks over New Orleans Saints


AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:
-New England Patriots over Denver Broncos

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:
-Green Bay Packers over Seattle Seahawks


SUPER BOWL XLIX:
-New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers

See you in Arizona.

@DannyPicard

Monday, August 25, 2014

In-studio with Edelman and Jones

I filled in as host of the WEEI 93.7 FM mid-day show on Monday, and both Julian Edelman and Chandler Jones stopped by our Gillette Stadium studio to talk with me and former Patriot Christian Fauria

Listen to our conversation with Edelman.
-When asked about this year's preseason, Edelman said: "I mean, yeah, it's probably the most confident I've ever been."
-He also discussed Tom Brady's motivation this season, even off the field: "We'll be playing a cornhole game in the locker room, and this guy is trying to win and is the most competitive guy over a gentleman's bet. That's Tom. He wants to go out and he wants to do the best he can every time. That's what a leader does. It becomes contagious, and it makes other guys want to do the same thing."

Listen to our conversation with Chandler Jones.
-Jones acknowledged that he wants to increase his sack total in 2014. But we tried to get an exact number out of him.

You can also go to WEEI.com to hear our "Three For All" segment, in which we discuss the VMA's Mustard-drinking, and shots intended for Justin Bieber.

Friday, August 01, 2014

What just happened?

Not even a full calendar year after leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship, Jon Lester and John Lackey were both shipped out of town before Thursday's trade deadline

On Friday's podcast, I reacted to all of Boston's moves, and dissected Ben Cherington's press conference comments about the team's attempted contract discussions with Lester.

Put it this way, I'm not exactly taking Lester's side.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

So long, Jon

Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday, landing Boston a power-hitting outfielder, but making the A's a Major League powerhouse

In a vacuum, adding Cespedes to the middle of your lineup is a special acquisition. But if it means not coming to terms with your ace, then perhaps it shouldn't be celebrated.

The Red Sox traded away their ace in Lester, and while adding a damn good player, it confirms the harsh reality that Lester and the Sox just couldn't agree on a contract extension.

Don't get me wrong, I like Cespedes. But I would have preferred to re-sign Lester.

Some think that will still be possible this offseason. I think it's too good to be true.

On Thursday's podcast, I reacted to the Lester trade, as well as applauding Gomes for succeeding in a role that's tough to find.

(Note: Thursday's podcast was recorded before John Lackey was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hometown discount?

It seems like it was just yesterday that Jon Lester publicly announced his willingness to "leave money on the table" in order to stay in Boston, but with a trade now seemingly inevitable, one has to wonder just how much the Red Sox' ace was actually asking for

If Lester is traded before Thursday's July 31 deadline, then make no mistake about it, Red Sox ownership will take some serious heat.

In fact, they're already taking it.

But to be fair, as of Wednesday morning, we don't actually know any of the final numbers that were thrown around in the negotiation room . . . from either side.

All this talk about the Red Sox "not willing to match the market value for Lester" doesn't hold much weight to me, when, not too long ago, Lester publicly -- and almost emphatically -- said he would take less than his market value.

So what changed? And could Lester be getting off easy?

I discussed on Wednesday's podcast, and Providence Journal Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joined me.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Trade Lester?

The closer we get to Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, the more Jon Lester trade rumors we are going to hear, but now that the Red Sox have officially given up on 2014, there's no reason to "table" contract talks any longer

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to some of the Lester trade rumors while staying confident that there's still time to get an extension done to keep him in Boston.

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi joined the show to talk Red Sox, as well as New England Patriots training camp.

Plus, my reaction to Joe Torre forgetting to thank George Steinbrenner in his 28-minute MLB Hall-of-Fame induction speech.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's over

The Red Sox returned from the All-Star break to sweep the Kansas City Royals, but then collapsed against divisional rivals, essentially crushing any hope for a playoff appearance

On WEEI 93.7 FM Saturday, I finally gave up on the 2014 Boston Red Sox. Listen here.

Also, Barstool Sports' Jerry Thornton joined me in-studio and we looked back at the first few days of New England Patriots training camp. Listen here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Stanton to the Sox?

Giancarlo Stanton isn't going anywhere before this year's trade deadline, but come the offseason, expect the Boston Red Sox to be in the mix if he is made available

We've all thought of him. But how realistic is it? A little more realistic than you think.

As I said on WEEI 93.7 FM over the weekend, and again on Monday's podcast: Red Sox sources tell me they believe they're one of only a few teams in Major League Baseball that have the prospects to make a Stanton trade happen, if he is made available this winter.

That doesn't seem like earth-shattering news to anybody who is familiar with Boston's farm system. But, it's now clear that Stanton is being considered -- within the Red Sox organization -- as a realistic acquisition this offseason, if the Marlins would actually be willing to move him. So much so, that the Sox believe they'd be one of the favorites to land Stanton.

I went into some more detail on Monday's podcast.

Also, ESPN-Boston's Joe McDonald joined me to discuss the Red Sox' playoff hopes after winning seven-of-eight and sweeping the Kansas City Royals. We also tried to predict Ben Cherington's mindset entering the July 31 trade deadline.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jeter's Farewell

It was "Derek Jeter Night" in Minnesota on Tuesday, and as he tipped his All-Star cap one last time at the Midsummer Classic, we now look to crown a new "face" of Major League Baseball

When Jeter is all done after this season, who will be the face to represent the game? My guess is Giancarlo Stanton. But he'll have to play in a major baseball market like, let's say, Boston or New York.

On Wednesday's podcast, I didn't rule out that type of major trade. Hey, the Marlins have done it before.

Also, what's up with Adam Wainwright's comments during the All-Star Game?

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